Next time you're in Dilijan (perhaps next year as part of the #transcaucasian #trail trailbuilding camp!), check out Razmik's lovely Daravand guesthouse on the way to Jukhtakvank monastery. Everything you see here he built with his own hands – a true entrepreneur and a fantastic host. #hiking #dilijannationalpark #dilijan #armenia #hikearmenia #caucasusmountains #tw
"Razmik" means "warrior" in Armenian, and is also the name of the hardworking man who created a wonderful guest house called Daravand in Dilijan town, where he made everything with his own hands: very beautiful wooden furniture, household items, dolls and toys (some really creative funny ones too) etc. So it really looks like Razmik declared war against boredom, becoming a warrior of creative self-employment, making it a very touchable example for his fellow citizens, to inspire them for change. And luckily this is not the only example of this kind here. We met already so many initiatives like this along the route of #transcaucasian #trail that we already know for sure: there are enough wonders to be explored by hikers on the TCT, even if they'd arrive tomorrow, and hopefully by the time the trail is ready there will be much more to explore. #longdistancehikingroute #woodenfurniture #daravand #guesthousedaravand #daravandguesthouse #dilijan #tavushregion #tavush #transcaucasianexpedition #selfemployed #talent #woodcraft #armenia #guesthouse #creative #waragainstboredom #woodentoys #woodendolls #hospitality #landroverjourneys #landroverdefender110 #georgina110 #landrover #aboveandbeyond
I’m exhausted. Drained. Overwhelmed. If I knew back in April what I know now, this expedition would have looked very different. This is, of course, exactly what I signed up for…
As I stuffed the last bag of food into my pack, slung it over my back, and locked Georgina’s doors, it occurred to me that this would be the first unsupported multi-day hiking foray of the Transcaucasian Expedition.
Tavush was always at the top of my list of places to explore on this expedition. This forested mountainous region in the north of Armenia consists mainly of the eastern fringes of the Lesser Caucasus range. On satellite imagery you can trace this stretch of dark green forest through southern Georgia, along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, […]
If you follow the Lesser Caucasus mountain range north and west to its natural end point, you’ll descend from alpine pastures through the temperate rainforests of Adjara before being spat out near the seaside resort and port city of Batumi, a sprawl of casinos and beach bars and high-rise hotels that attracts Russian, Turkish and Armenian holidaymakers for partying and pleasure. It sits in stark contrast with the village of Nrnadzor at the opposite end of our route, 1,500km of hiking away in the mountainous semi-desert landscape of the Iranian-Armenia border, in which you’re more likely to get invited into a crumbling house for a shot of homemade vodka than overcharged in a rooftop bar for a gin & tonic. But that is the kind of diversity you should expect to find if you design a hiking route along a mountain range and accept all you find along it.
Take a road trip from the north to the south of Armenia and – if you’ve got your eyes open and are looking out the window – you’ll likely be struck by the vast, uninhabited moorlands between the provinces of Syunik and Vayots Dzor. As the diminutive nation of Armenia narrows to its most slender […]